Arsene Wenger has spoken about rotating his Arsenal players and I am sure he would like to do it today, but it is always a bit of a gamble and a judgment call between risk and reward. To really be able to do it successfully, of course, you need to have full confidence that the players coming in are up to the job.
Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has admitted the French side were simply not good enough to challenge the likes of Arsenal in the Champions League this season after seeing his team lose 2-0 against the Premier League side. The French giants were European champions in 1993 but, 20 years on, they have lost five from five games in their Group F campaign, scoring only five times and conceding 12 goals.
Following a rather comfortable win over Southampton in the Premier League, Arsenal welcome Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille to the Emirates in the fifth round of the Champions League group stage. A victory for Arsene Wenger’s side can all but guarantee a place in the knockout stages of the competition and the Gunners will be looking to finish their business early as travelling to Naples in need of points is not a very ideal situation.
Arsenal got back into Premier League action with a bang, extending the lead at the top of the table to four points with a hard fought win over this season’s surprise package, Southampton. So how did each individual Gunner perform?
The Premier League returns tomorrow after what was a long and rather humiliating international break if you’re an England fan. But back to club football and Arsenal take on Southampton in what is sure to be a fantastic match between two highly placed teams.
Arsenal, who still sit in first place, top of the Premier league, will invite Southampton to the Emirates stadium on Saturday. As well as Arsenal may be doing, and perhaps we are the surprise of the Premier League season so far, we cannot forget Southampton, who in their own respects are doing extremely well.
The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has today dismissed rumours created by the English media over his apparent displeasure with the FA in regards to over-playing Gunners star Jack Wilshere in the friendlies against Chile and Germany, claiming that the dynamic midfielder has suffered no injury whatsoever during the latest international break.
Reports from both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail had claimed earlier on that the 21-year-old had suffered an ankle injury after being on the receiving end of a challenge from Germany’s Sidney Sam shortly after coming on as a substitute, with both papers also reporting that Arsene Wenger was furious with England boss Roy Hodgson over the issue. However, the French manager stepped up to dismiss both rumours and set the records straight.
Andrey Arshavin was once hailed as being the star player that could possibly bring success back to Arsenal and to the Emirates for the first time. But despite a fruitful start in which we saw his excellent Euro 2008 performances transpire over to English football with the Gunners, his time at the club came to a much quicker end than may have first been perceived.
If you watched the international friendly game of England vs Germany then you may not have seen much of Julian Draxler apart from when the youngster made his way onto the pitch. However let me reassure you that this young German international is well on his way to greatness and has been labelled as one of the game’s most upcoming gems for some time now.
Interestingly in regards to Draxler, he has been linked with a move to Arsenal several times already in his career and although it may seem natural considering every young player usually ends up being linked with the Gunners, there is something different about this case because Draxler continues to talk about Arsenal on every opportunity he gets.
Toni Sanabria may not be the most familiar name when it comes to football, but it is the name of an upcoming talent in Barcelona, supposedly the next big thing to come out of Barcelona’s La Masia academy. So it would only seem right that Arsenal were linked with this young gem and that’s exactly what has happened with several media outlets in Spain, as well as a few in England having already reported that contact has been made regarding a possible move to the Emirates.
With Bacary Sagna continuing to stall on contract talks, Arsenal have started to be linked with a number of full-backs across the continent. After reports of a move for AC Milan’s Mattia De Sciglio emerged, it seems as though another Rossoneri star might be on the radar of Arsene Wenger, this time it is the more established Ignazio Abate.
Abate, who has had a very successful 14 years at Milan, is said to be seeking an exit from the San Siro and is widely tipped to be sold in the upcoming January transfer window, with the Italian side already scouting possible replacements for the defender. Newcastle’s Davide Santon and Monaco’s Fabinho have both been heavily linked with a move to Milan.